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Blizzard's polar bear will always be remembered as a "hungry boy."
The five-year-old male died on Monday, said Zin Park staff at Assiniboine. Blizzard had put antibiotics cautiously when he lost his legendary appetite two weeks ago and suffered anesthesia at that time and again last weekend when his condition worsened.
"It was fine until the weekend, when his behavior changed … again the procedure went well, but during the reversal of anesthesia, Blizzard experienced respiratory difficulties," he said the veterinary services director of the Winnipeg Zoo, Chris Enright Tuesday.
There is always a risk of putting a sick animal under anesthesia, but with a wild animal, anesthesia is usually the only option to offer veterinary care, the staff said.
"It's always a sad day when we lost one of the beloved animals at the zoo, but a loss in these circumstances is particularly challenging. Blizzard was a beautiful animal and unfortunately he will be lost," Enright said. "Veterinarian and animal personnel did everything they could to save him, but unfortunately, he died."
The zoo still could not say what caused the bassist's death, but the preliminary results of a necropsy showed inflammation and fluid in the chest cavity, and some abnormalities of the heart. The conditions are not considered communicable.
"We will know more about it in a future date," said Enright.
He is the second polar bear in two years to die at the zoo. Eli, a three-year-old bear, died in 2017, due to the neck trauma.
Bees in captivity can live until they are in the middle and up to 20 years old and a mature polar bear can weigh between 400 and 600 kilograms. Blizzard weighed 263 kg.
The zoo has nine remaining polar bears: Baffin, Tempesta, York, Siku and Nanuq male; and the females Willow, Aurora, Kaska and Star.
The zoo plans that the remnants of Blizzard were burned, but they did not have any memorial announcement.
"We had some communication with the mayor (Mike) Spence about maybe doing something in Churchill, but we have not finished anything yet," said Enright.
Blizzard was rescued as an orphan puppy with his sister, Star, in 2014, from South Churchill, on the coast of Hudson Bay, and not far from Gillam, in a well-known area of вЂ <вЂ < polar descents
At that time, experts, including the wildlife officials of the province, agreed that young kangaroos would not have the chance to survive on their own, so that the couple moved to the International Polar Bear Conservation Center Leatherdale from the zoo.
"I remember Blizzard … going down (from Churchill). I remember the first check-up. It was only one of those bears that was relaxed from the starting point," said Enright.
As he grew up, Blizzard was linked to a stadium with human parents, the veterinarian said.
"I was a bit of a noisy teenager, but basically it was a hungry boy. When we drank our appetite, he did it well and he lost any of these sands."
alexandra.paul @ freepress.mb.ca
Alexandra is a veteran journalist who has covered stories for the free press in Winnipeg since 1987. She has maintained the medical rhythm for almost 17 years, and today she specializes in covering issues related to indigenous peoples. He is among the most versatile journalists of the paper staff.
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